Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 17, 2017

Many pharmacy chains and owners have taken advantage of the exemptions to force pharmacists to work under increasingly unsafe conditions (working longer hours with less support and increased workload). At times, the work requirements imposed by owners and chains would put a pharmacist at risk of not meeting the standards of practice as set out by the OCP. While an argument will be made that removing the exemptions will be bad for business, it is time to put patient safety at the forefront by requiring pharmacists to work under safer conditions. Please give consideration in advance to the strategies that employers will likely use to recoup the increase cost of wages and safeguard the public against retaliatory measures that further worsen patient safety. The profession is saturated in Ontario, particularly in the larger cities. The lack of demand for pharmacists has put power in the hands of their employers who have increasingly abused it by putting profit ahead of patients. Removing the ESA exemptions and exclusions is a step in the right direction for improving patient safety and care provided by community pharmacists in Ontario.

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